Contact lenses are used for various reasons e.g. to improve the vision or to deal with color deficiencies, changing or enhancing the appearance of your eyes. In addition to that, they are also used as a preventive measure or therapy in various conditions like dry eyes, corneal abrasion, or erosion.
While contact lenses are considered quite safe, disregarding the safety measures and not taking proper care of your lens, as well as your eyes can result in complications like infections or poor vision. Poor hygiene and improper care can result in microorganisms, mucus, and deposits, building upon your contact lens leading to infections and other complications.
Millions of people are using contact lens for different purposes, so there’s no reason to be afraid of, in case your ophthalmologist or optometrist has recommended wearing a contact lens. However, you will have to take proper care of your contact lens in order to avoid the aforementioned complications.
Following are some guidelines to help you take proper care of your contact lens. Needless to say, you should be consulting your ophthalmologist and going through the manufacturers’ manual for detailed instructions.
- It is important to regularly clean and disinfects your contact lens, as well as the case. You must rub and rinse, and disinfect your lens after each removal while using a prescribed solution.
- Wash your hands before touching your lens, and then properly dry them because using cosmetic soaps with all sorts of moisturizers and the likes will leave a kind of film on your hands or lens that might cause distortion or irritation in the eyes. Hygiene is important, so make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling contact lens.
- Do not go to sleep (unless your doctor has advised extended wear), take shower, swim, or apply makeup while wearing lens. Be gentle, while applying liner, eyeshadow, or any other kind of eye makeup. There are certain types of eyes makeup, which are more appropriate for lens wearers like oil-free cosmetics, and there are certain precautions you must take like not applying liner to the inner eyelid. You should go through the dos and don’ts of applying makeup while wearing contact lens.
- Use specifically made a sterile solution for rinsing, instead of tap water or some random cleansing solution.Gently rub your lens after rinsing them with the solution to stop any kind of microorganism from building up. Make sure you don’t scratch the surface with your fingernails while rubbing or handling contact lenses. Dispose of the solution once it has been used for rinsing, do not use it again.
- Also, rinse and wash your case from time to time, and don’t forget to change it after three months.
- When you’ve started wearing lens for any purpose, and you are having some sort of irritation, pain, or red eyes … visit your Eye M.D. without wasting any time. Do not wait for the problem to get worse.
- Lenses, which are not properly fitted, will cause many problems, precisely the reason why you shouldn’t be wearing a lens longer than the prescribed schedule. Also, don’t forget to get your eyes checked on regular basis to make sure you are wearing contact lens which is properly fitted.
- You should be more careful while purchasing and using cosmetic lenses. Wearing a contact lens might not be suitable for everyone, even if you don’t have a noticeable problem with your eyes. So, even if you are planning to wear contact lens for fashion purpose, consult an eye specialist and get your eyes checked to make sure you wouldn’t harm your eyes by wearing contact lens. Needless to say, avoid wearing decorative contact lens for extended periods or using others’ lens.
- A big majority of infections and complications occur when users aren’t following prescriptions laid down by their ophthalmologists or lens manufacturers. To start with, you must replace your lens once the designated period is over. Also, it is important to learn and practice how to insert, center, and remove your soft lens, because wearing a soft lens inside-out for extended periods can cause some damage.
- Do not simply pick and use a cleansing or disinfecting solution from the shelf. There are many different types of solutions in the market, including saline solutions, multipurpose solutions, Hydrogen peroxide, etc. but you must go for the solutions recommended by your ophthalmologist.
These are simple steps and you should make a habit of following the guidelines to avoid complications. For teenagers or people who cannot adhere to the guidelines, or take proper care of their contact lenses, one should stick with glasses.